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Best Ambient Albums of 2016

Ink, oil, and soap art by Ruslan Khasanov
No individual blurbs this year, but I still wanted to get this list out. If you've followed AiMT over the years, you may know that I have covered ambient music pretty extensively/obsessively throughout the 2010s. 2016 continued to build upon the momentum the genre has gained over recent years. With more and more tape labels popping up, the new age revival continuing to flourish, legends like Eno and Suzanne Ciani reclaiming relevancy, mainstream exposure through Stranger Things and other shows and films, and music-making software and hardware becoming more affordable and accessible, 2016 could have very well been the biggest year the genre has seen in its long history. Here are the albums that took the show in my mind.

Above I've included a Spotify playlist of selections from these albums. PRO TIP: If you have trouble loading the playlist in your Spotify app, copy this link and paste it into your Spotify app's search bar.

  1. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - FRKWYS, Vol. 13: Sunergy [RVNG Intl.]
  2. Les Halles - Transient [Not Not Fun]
  3. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS [Western Vinyl]
  4. Julianna Barwick - Will [Dead Oceans]
  5. Tim Hecker - Love Streams [4AD]
  6. Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun [Warp Records]
  7. Wilson Tanner - 69 [Growing Bin Records]
  8. Percival Pembroke - Arpeggiatorworld [Genot Centre]
  9. Dedekind Cut - $uccessor (ded004) [NON]
  10. Matthewdavid's Mindflight - Trust the Glide and Guide [Leaving Records]
  11. Jan Jelinek & Masayoshi Fujita - Schaum [Faitiche]
  12. Paul Menska - Travel Memoirs [Terminal Dream]
  13. Nomad Ninja - Avond Sluimer [Nightwind Records]
  14. Inner Travels - Clear Seeing [Inner Islands]
  15. Koen Holtkamp - Voice Model [Umor-Rex]
  16. Occult Orientated Crime - Just a Clown on Crack [Dekmantel]
  17. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things Vol. 1 & 2 OST [Lakeshore Records]
  18. Matthew Barlow - Sound Meditations [Sounds of the Dawn]
  19. Slow Attack Ensemble - Soundscapes for the Emotional-Type Listener [Mystic Roses]
  20. Huerco S. - For Those of You Who Have Never (and Also Those Who Have) [Proibito]
  21. Asher Levitas - Lit Harness [Planet Mu]
  22. Jan St. Werner - Felder (Fiepblatter Catalogue #4) [Thrill Jockey Records]
  23. Pay the Rent - Soft on Glass EP [Pay the Rent]
  24. Biosphere - Departed Glories [Smalltown Supersound]
  25. Useless - Hexa [Terminal Dream]

Baby Armie - n10.as Launch Week Mix, 02/03/2016

n10.as is a new, up and coming internet radio station based out of Montreal. I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute to their launch week programming back in March. Since then they've been killing it with consistently solid programming, as evidenced by the heaps of content on their Mixcloud. Whatever NTS is doing for London, n10.as may end up doing for Montreal. Can't wait to see the station grow and flourish.

I submitted this 50-minute ambient mix as my contribution. It touches on classic drone and new age with newer stuff and some '90s rave-era ambient house to boot.

  1. Michael Stearns - "Star Dreams (Peace Eternal)" [Hearts of Space, 1988]
  2. F.U.S.E. - "Nightdrive" [Plus 8 Records, 1993]
  3. Former Selves - "Selige Sehnsucht" [Carpi Records, 2015]
  4. Paul Horn ft. Joel Andrews - "Dream State" [Golden Flute Records, 1983]
  5. Tim Clark - "Halley's 2" [Hearts of Space, 1986]
  6. The Sabres of Paradise - "Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix)" [Warp Records, 1993]
  7. Tim Story - "The Rainy Season Dies Hard" [Cicada Records, 1987]
  8. Les Halles - "Misleading Familiarity" [Noumenal Loom, 2015]
  9. Obconic - "Silica Gel" [Beverage Records, 1996]
  10. David Lange - "Tales of Snow" [Dav'Länge Music, 1985]
  11. The Bionaut - "I Sing the Body Electric" [Harvest, 1995]
  12. Paw Paw - "Bandurria" [Rainbow Pyramid, 2015]
  13. Camel - "After Words" [Decca, 1984]
  14. J. Greinke - "Pillars of Light" [Intrepid, 1985]
  15. Oliwa - "Eras" [Illuminated Paths, 2015]

Gentle Daps XVII: New Age in 2015 — Cassette Roundup

It's time once again to examine the state of the revival of new age music. This episode of Gentle Daps focuses on this year's standout new age cassette releases.

  1. Eyeliner - "Pictionary" [Beer on the Rug]
  2. Pulse Emitter - "Jungle Longing" [Beer on the Rug]
  3. Gora Sou - "Punta Alem" [Orange Milk Records]
  4. Opaline - "Dissolving" [Hacktivism Records]
  5. Sunmoonstar - "Traveling Circle" [Twin Springs Tapes]
  6. Meta Mora - "Habitat" [Rainbow Pyramid]
  7. OverScan - "The Next Morning" [Constellation Tatsu]
  8. Paw Paw - "High in a Halo" [Rainbow Pyramid]
  9. Kara-Lis Coverdale - "Touch Me & Die" [Sacred Phrases/Summer Cool]
  10. Percival Pembroke - "IslandSunrise(tm) Fileserver" [S/R]
  11. I Am Just a Pupil - "Apothecary" [1080p]
  12. DSR Lines - "Opstap" [Lal Lal Lal]
  13. Sarah Davachi - "Codex" [Constellation Tatsu]
  14. Les Halles - "Misleading Familiarity" [Noumenal Loom]

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